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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been sidelined for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with an acute lumbar disc injury.
Du Plessis suffered the injury while batting during the third ODI against Bangladesh in East London, which the Proteas won by 200 runs.
The 33-year-old was unbeaten on 91 off 67 balls when he was forced to retire hurt.
As a result of his injury, Du Plessis will miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against Bangladesh and JP Duminy will take over as captain.
After the ongoing series against Bangladesh, South Africa won’t play international cricket until they take on Zimbabwe in the first-ever four-day Test match on Boxing Day. This means that Du Plessis will have adequate time to recover from his injury and won’t need to rush back.
“Faf consulted with our team of specialists in Cape Town on Monday,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement released on the Cricket South Africa website. “Further investigations and assessment have confirmed an acute lumbar disc injury.
“He will require a period of rest and rehabilitation for the next six weeks. We anticipate him to be ready for the Test match against Zimbabwe in December.”